From NOLA To Vicksburg, The Libertarian Party MUST Stand On Principle

The gross misappropriation of stolen money, and disrespect to veterans by the City of New Orleans, makes the city an inappropriate site for the Libertarian National Convention. A new venue in Vicksburg is the perfect location to reflect our principles, and honor previous generations that fought for liberty.

In May of 1863, General Grant laid siege to  Vicksburg, Mississippi. The relentless shelling of civilians was so ruthless, the cities populace was literally forced underground. Desperate women and children cowered in hand dug caves from the explosions, gunfire, and fires. General Sherman would lay siege to Atlanta the next year, and conduct the most brutal war crimes ever committed on U.S. soil, his “March to The Sea”, a 300 mile scorched earth campaign, 50 miles wide, in which everything in their path was burned, murdered and raped. The destruction of Vicksburg was his inspiration. Vicksburg was surrendered on July 4, 1863.


Today, as we approach July 4, 2017, I am asking the Libertarian National Committee to take a principled stand against war, fiscal irresponsibility, and the tactics of global enemies of freedom like George Soros and the Ford Foundation, who are funding the groups demanding removal of Civil War Veterans Memorials throughout the Southeastern United States. I am asking us to vote with our tourism dollars, and send a message to the city of New Orleans, and the rest of the country, that we do not support these hateful divide and conquer campaigns, or the wasteful spending of these ignorant bigots.

George Soros, a mortal enemy of liberty, donated 33 million dollars to the groups behind the monument removal efforts, and the Ford Foundation funded them with even more, and this 100 million dollar hate campaign has fueled violence and division across our southern land. Soros is an unrepentant Nazi collaborator, and I implore you all to read about him:

In this video he describes his experience confiscating Jewish property and rounding up his neighbors to send them to the death camps, and that he is not remorseful, but it made him feel powerful.

KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

SOROS: Yes. Yes.

KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from your fellow Jews, friends and neighbors.

SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

KROFT: I mean, that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many, years. Was it difficult?

SOROS: No, not at all. Not at all, I rather enjoyed it.

KROFT: No feelings of guilt?

SOROS: No, only feelings of absolute power.

3 Reasons The Convention Must Move

1) The wicked nature of the people, and the ideologies behind this effort, are the first reason we must move the convention. Henry Ford and his foundation’s support for the Nazi regime is well documented, and the Ford Foundation has continued to fund collectivist political and social engineering activities to this day, everything it does is anti-liberty. This is the first reason the Libertarian Party cannot hold our convention in NOLA. Documentation of the real forces behind the campaign can be found here, in an article I wrote earlier in this controversy:

2) The second reason we must not have the LNC Convention in NOLA is the disrespect to veterans. No less than 6 acts of Congress have pardoned all who served in the Confederacy. They are United States Veterans, and are to be given all the honor and respect of any other veteran. The fact that some believe the false narrative that the war was about slavery tends to cloud the issue. It was actually about the southern opposition to protectionist trade policies, and the right to reject corrupt government. The same principles fought for in 1776 were fought for in 1861. Secession is a sacred Libertarian principle, and is enshrined in the Libertarian Party of Florida’s Platform to this day.

Despite our opposition to interventionist foreign policy, I think we can all agree that a movement to tear down the Vietnam Memorial Wall by, say, the Vietnamese who suffered in that war, would still be a divisive and despicable act of disrespect. We need not debate the causes of war, or have a discussion about the morality of slavery, only 3-9% of southerners at the time owned slaves anyways. All we need to know is that a nation pardoned their defeated former adversaries in a time of post-war healing. All we need to know is that European Nazi collaborators are insulting our dead veterans in order to divide and conquer the electorate, in order to usher in Socialist and Globalist policies which every Libertarian opposes.

3) The third reason we must not have the LNC Convention in NOLA, is in protest of the extreme fiscal irresponsibility displayed by the political class of the city, funded with the proceeds of theft by taxation. The plan sold to the people of New Orleans was that the monuments would be removed with private funds at a cost of $170,000. State lawmakers immediately proposed a bill to ban the disrespect to Civil War dead, which passed. However, in order to subvert the elected representatives of the people of Louisiana, the City of NOLA rushed to remove the monuments under cover of darkness, guarded by SWAT teams, with masked crews of traitors doing the dirty work, before the bill could be signed.

Instead of private funds of $170,000, $2.1 million dollars, that was seized via taxation by theft, was misappropriated to remove them in a deliberate effort to undermine the bill in the Louisiana legislature. While the LNC may suffer a small financial hit by losing a deposit, we will not lose a fraction of what the people of the south have suffered. The “Party of Principle” must now live up to our own slogan. As the anniversary of the surrender of Vicksburg approaches, let us take our Convention out of New Orleans, and show our opposition to the horrors of war, foreign interventionism, hatred, bigotry, disrespect to veterans, and government corruption.

In an effort of good faith to the LNC Convention Committee, I have found a suitable location in the beautiful city of Vicksburg Mississippi, with the help of fellow LPF Officer Chris Rose, of our Membership Committee, to whom I must offer extreme gratitude. I believe it will be a minimal, if any, financial burden on the LNC, since rates in Vicksburg tend to be lower than New Orleans. The exact same dates as NOLA are not yet booked. This will not be a vote about logistics or finances. This is a vote on whether or not we support fiscal irresponsibility, Globalism and Socialism, and disrespect to our brave war dead.

I hereby request that my Regional Representative, Ed Marsh, introduce a motion to move the 2018 Convention out of New Orleans, and that the rest of the LNC support this motion. A contract will never compare to the value of our ideals. We will gladly run a fundraising campaign to cover any shortfall or penalty. We are willing to compromise, I know Representative Katz had another venue in mind, and are open to others. While Vicksburg is just up the river, and a natural choice, the main goal is depriving the City of New Orleans of our presence.

Let us take our money and convention to Vicksburg!

Exist to Resist!

Ryan Ramsey
Region 4 Representative and Bradford County Chairman,
Libertarian Party of Florida


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